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Sep
30

When You Cry

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cryAs women, we have lots of opportunities to shed a few tears. Truthfully, any emotion could be grounds for our eyes to moisten, and those salty droplets to draw trails down our cheeks. We have happy tears, sad tears, tired tears, mad tears, overwhelmed tears, grateful tears, joyful tears, scared tears and tears for no reason at all. (And lest I fall into stereotyping, I will confirm that women aren’t the only ones who weep.)

But what happens to them, all those tears we’ve cried?

First, we should understand that our tears are recognized. God does not ignore or condemn our tears. He is not annoyed by them or offended by them. As Hezekiah was pleading with the Lord to deliver him from a terminal illness and give him fifteen more years of life, the prophet Isaiah received this message for him from the Lord (Isaiah 38:5; 2 Kings 20:5):

Go and tell Hezekiah, “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.”

God Almighty does not look the other way when we cry. He takes note, He listens, He responds. We can also be assured that our tears are recorded. Psalm 56:8 says, “You have recorded my troubles.

You have kept a list of my tears. Aren’t they in Your records?” This isn’t some sadistic list written by an angry God who wants to keep track of our pain. Rather, it is a testimony of His watch-care, a reminder of His intimate involvement in our lives. As the psalmist wrote this, he was testifying of God’s nearness, God’s goodness, and God’s perfect plan. Popular Christian group Casting Crowns said it this way: “Every tear I cry You hold in Your hand.” That’s the God who sees and takes note of your heartache. That’s the God who cares.

We are promised as well that our tears are redeemed. Whether they stem from sorrow and pain or joy and praise, our tears have a purpose. Consider Psalm 126:5-6, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” THE WORK. IS. HARD. God has called you, He has gifted you, He has appointed you for this time and this place and this work. But He didn’t say it was always going to be easy (in fact, He tells us just the opposite). The promise, however, is this: even though it’s hard, and even though you cry sometimes, and even though you don’t know if you can sow one more row, IT. WILL. BE. WORTH IT.

The things you obediently invest (even if there are tears lacing every effort) will produce huge crops, big rewards, eternal dividends. And when those blessings are piled at your feet one day, joy will flood your soul, and you will know that every tear is a vessel for praise.

Finally, we have the hope that our tears will be removed (wiped away). Isaiah prophesied the promise for us: “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces…” (Isaiah 25:8). There is coming a day when “no more tear shall dim the eye”! And as much as we anticipate that day, I think God is looking forward to it more. The day when He can cup your face in His powerful hands, see your tears brimming, and with the tender touch of a Father’s love, take His thumbs and wipe those tears away…forever. Every heartache, every pain, every sorrow … wiped away for all eternity. “Don’t cry, my daughter,” I can hear Him say, “Daddy’s here.”

You do not weep in vain, my friend.

Your tears are not ignored … they are recognized.

They are not forgotten … they are recorded.

They are not wasted … they are redeemed.

And your tears are not forever … because one day they will be removed.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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